Classic Car Archive Specs, Facts, & History
The Barracuda beat the Mustang to market by two weeks (April 1, 1964). It was an A-Body from its introduction in 1964 with 90% of buyers ordering the V8, which was an all-new 273 CID powerplant, Chrysler’s first lightweight V8, designated “LA” – the beginning of an engine family that would continue through 1992. The first Barracudas in 1964 were actually a Valiant model, with a huge backlight as its primary styling cue.
This permitted a large multi-configuration “cargo pass through” area, quite a bit of engineering was required to maintain the same body rigidity as the normal sedan’s X-bracing behind the rear seat.
This was the only year that Barracuda had Plymouth, Valiant, and Barracuda badging. It also had the Valiant symbol used throughout instead of the later Fish. Despite strong reviews for the Barracuda, the inexpensive, more clearly unique (as opposed to sedan-based) Ford Mustang outsold the Valiant model by 8:1.
|Engine||0 to 60 MPH||Quarter Mile||Source|
|273 V8||12.9 sec||17.8 @ 72 mph||Allpar|
|170 i6||170 ci||1x1bbl||101 hp @ 4400||155 lb-ft @ 2400|
|225 i6||225 ci||1x1 bbl||145 hp @ 4000||215 lb-ft @ 2000|
|273 V8||273 ci||1x2 bbl||180 hp @ 4200||260 lb-ft @ 1600|
Ask Barracuda expert Richard Ehrenberg